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Monday, 21 June 2021

Emirates Reinstates Travel Ban On Nigeria

Less than 48 hours after it was speculated that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted a travel ban on Nigeria, India and South Africa, that country has once again banned flights to and from this West African country.

The ban takes official effect from Monday, 21st June 2021 until further notice.

An update retrieved by THEWILL from emirates.com on Monday stated that, “In line with government directives, passengers flights to and from Nigeria (Lagos and Abuja) are suspended with immediate effect from 21 June, 2021 until further notice.

“Customers travelling to and from Lagos and Abuja will not be accepted to travel. Customers who have been to or connected through Nigeria in the last 14 days are not permitted to board from any other point to the UAE.

“We regret the inconveniences caused, and affected customers should contact their booking agents or Emirates call centres for rebooking. Emirates remains committed to Nigeria, and we look forward to resuming passenger services when conditions allow.”

THEWILL recalls that Emirates Airlines had on February 1, 2021 directed that Nigerian travellers at the Lagos and Abuja airports must conduct rapid COVID-19 tests before departure.

Consequently, the Nigerian government also banned Emirates flights into Nigeria.

The ban was however, lifted after the airline agreed to stop the rapid antigen tests.

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